Apple Airtag device can apparently track your location, Mississippi woman warns.
A Mississippi woman is sounding the alarm after she received a cell phone notification that someone was apparently tracking her location using an Apple Airtag device that had been placed on or near her property for “a while.”
Amber Norsworthy, a Rankin County resident, stated on Facebook on Dec. 27 that she and her children were in the car when her cell phone “made a noise I hadn’t heard before.” According to the Facebook post, the notification read: “Unknown Accessory Detected.” “You’ve had this item with you for some time now. The owner can see where it is at any given time.”
According to Norsworthy, she learned that someone was tracking her whereabouts around 1:47 p.m. local time when she and her family were visiting the park. While she was in her family’s house, they also checked her location around 3:08 p.m., she said. Just a few minutes later, she received the notice.
She phoned the police, who identified the device as an Apple AirTag after she disabled the tracker. she was informed by police that the device had been installed on her property at 1:47 p.m. Norsworthy said “It was incredibly unpleasant and it still makes me nervous.” I was able to see the full journey that they had taken to find me.
Norsworthy told WAPT-TV that she and her neighbors, her husband and sheriff’s officers had been unsuccessful in their hunt for the AirTag.
“We all went looking in every direction… Anywhere might be the site of this event,”she said.”You know what else made me nervous? Because of everything I’d heard about human trafficking, I instantly thought, ‘Oh my my, were they spying on me?’ My children were being watched by whom?”
When she finally got in touch with Apple Support, they were able to verify that the device was no longer following her around. “A supereasy method to keep track of your goods” is why AirTags are marketed by tech giants.
“Location tracking is a serious concern for survivors and a common tactic of abuse,” said Erica Olsen, director of the Safety Net Project at the nonprofit National Network to End Domestic Violence.
“Apple is getting a lot of attention because of the size of their network, which can make these devices more precise than other similar tracking devices. We are concerned about all possible tracking options because of the safety risks.”
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